Once again, Rhythm of the Rockies score at regionals has qualified us for the big International competition in Las Vegas held at the MGM Grand. We are humbly honored to be a representative of the region while we take to the Garden Arena stage and compete with 33 other choruses. With a seating capacity of 10,000 and worldwide streaming video, Rhythm of the Rockies will bring our 2 competition songs to life for a few short minutes while awaiting the phenomenal feedback of 8 international judges. Talk about a wondrous opportunity to keep on learning the art of singing a Cappella and moving an audience.
Rhythm of the Rockies sang at the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at Heritage Park where 75 new Canadians were greeted by such dignitaries as Calgary's own major Naheed Nenshi. Mayor Nenshi laid down the gauntlet to all Canadians to do three small to large "acts of kindness" over the next year.
Later that afternoon, Rhythm of the Rockies sang a set in front of the old Wainwright hotel and thrilled an audience of mixed generations.
Sandy Marron- Master 700 Musical Director of Lion's Gate Chorus, judge and vocal coach, graced us with her brilliant vocal coaching yesterday evening.
She shared her incredible vocal posture techniques and created some phenomenal chords in two of our songs- our audiences will be enthralled.
A singer's dream.
Rhythm of the Rockies sang "Hit me with a Hot Note" originally performed by Duke Ellington and an acappella version of Queen's "Don't Stop me Now".
Kudos to Alberta Gold Chorus for a wonderful job organizing and hosting this yearly event where 6 male/female acappella choruses and numerous quartets sing for each other while enjoying comradship, food and drink. As usual, fun was had by all!
Rhythm of the Rockie's trip to the Region 26 Contest in Saskatoon was an amazing success! Friday's quartet competition had three of our quartets performing and all three brought home awards. No Strings, who were the Regions 2015 champs, took first place AGAIN and will be heading to Las Vegas this fall to represent Region 26 in the International contest. As first place quartet, No Strings was provided with a Limo and champagne after the Contest to celebrate together and bask in the experience. Kaleidoscope, with their Jailbirds package, won the Open Division and Vox, with Rhythm member Nancy Ryan, won the Novice Quartet award. Congratulations to all of these talented ladies!
This April, Calgary is hosting the JUNO music awards. (That's Canada's Grammys, eh!) And in celebration of this honour, our mayor Naheed Nenshi, declared 2016 the “Year of Music” in Calgary. A new committee called “Out Loud YYC” was formed and would act as the official host for the JUNO awards. They set out to find and present a variety of musical acts to Calgarians. Additionally, they offered grants to select musicians who could imagine events that showcase the talent, inventiveness and passion of the local music community.
Members of Rhythm of the Rockies have a busy weekend ahead as they welcome Ryan Heller as coach for their annual weekend retreat. Ryan is the Master 700 Director of the Pride of Portland chorus and will be sharing his vast experience in Barbershop and a cappella music over the next 3 days. To balance all of the hard work that happens on the risers, the amazing retreat "Dream Team' has organized a weekend of food, fun and friendship.